How to Run AutoCAD on Wine

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Getting a particular version of AutoCAD to run on any other operating system (OS) other than Microsoft Windows requires a tenacious spirit, the patience of a saint and a lot of time. Wine is an OS that most users of the system say is worth the effort. Here's how to try to get your AutoCAD software to run on the Wine platform.

Step 1

Make sure you have Winetools. This code in Wine allows your AutoCAD software to "recognize" Internet Explorer. This is so that the software can go through the installation process.

Step 2

Add the registry key Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\Version=6.0.2900.2180. This change is necessary to get the AutoCAD software to load on Wine. Change the version of SHDOCVW.DLL in the software. This is also necessary in order to load the software.

Step 3

Load the AutoCAD software. For each individual version of AutoCAD and Wine you'll need to go through a debugging process. This process includes a hurdle and jumping process. Go through this process and load the software, but be aware that there is another hurdle and jumping process to get the software to run. Develop a work around for each step in the debugging process.

Step 4

Try using AutoCAD 2000 and Wine version 0.9.45.which is reported on the Wine app's website as running fine aside from the text not working. Be aware that the rendering was not tested.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider becoming a Wine "Maintainer." This is a group of people who test the Wine and their software monthly and give it a rating. You don't need to have programming experience, and you make a tremendous difference in helping Wine become a great OS.

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